NOW on its 9th year, the annual National Film Festival, Cinema Rehiyon, is slated this August 22 to 27, hosted by the Municipal Tourism Council of Nabunturan Inc. in coordination with the province’s local government unit (LGU) and supported by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).
With its theme, “No Walls, No Ceilings”, this flagship project of the Committee on Film of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will be an open-air film festival showcasing 80 best short and full-length films from regions all over the Philippines.
Among the films are "2 Cool 2 be 4gotten" by Petersen Vargas from Pampanga; "Lily" by Keith Deligero from Cebu; "Sunday Beauty Queen" by Baby Ruth Villarama from Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF;) and another "Patay na si Hesus" by Victor Villarama.
Lawyer Karen Santiago-Malaki, the Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition festival director, urged the public at the Kapehan sa Dabaw held at SM Ecoland to come and participate in this free open-air community screening.
Highlights of the festival will be conferences, workshops, and forums to promote regional filmmaking, Cinema Rehiyon Filmathon-a 24-hour filmmaking competition, and Masters Class with an award winning Asian filmmaker.
Nightly socialization and parties, eco tourism tours, and cultural performances by the winning groups of different festivals in Nabunturan will also be staged the event. (Ella Leen Kate Legarda and Christian Dez Rey Apique, UIC Interns)